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Twofer: Brian K. Vaughan – Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland / Vol. 3: The Good Die Young

July 9, 2010

75. Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung, Takeshi Miyazawa, David Newbold (2003)
Runaways, Volume 2

Length: 144 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Superhero Science Fiction

Started / Finished: 02 July 2010

Where did they come from? The library.
Why do I have them? I thought the first volume was a bunch of fun.

Summary: After fleeing from their parents, who are members of an evil league of supervillains known as The Pride, our group of six kids (and their pet velociraptor) have been hiding out in an old cave. When they leave to make a grocery store run, they come across Topher, another teen with (actually legitimately) evil and superpowered parents. They invite him back to their cave, but bringing a stranger into the mix upsets the status quo in more ways than one. Meanwhile, the Pride-controlled police department has contacted Cloak & Dagger, a duo of superheroes, as a means of finding the runaways kids and returning them to their parents.

Review: Good stuff. The kids are learning to deal with each other and their new status as outlaws, as well as to use their powers, all of which is interesting to watch, and handled with a nice mix of compassion and humor (I particularly got a chuckle out of Nico accidentally unleashing a flock of pelicans at a convenience store.) The twists and turns in the story are done pretty effectively; at one point I actually yelled “…WHAT?!?” upon turning a page. Finally, I really enjoyed the Cloak & Dagger storyline. Apparently, they’re pre-existing Marvel characters, but the fact that I didn’t know their background wasn’t a hindrance; and their dynamic, plus the way they interacted with the kids, was all really fun to read. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Volume 2 continues in the vein set by Volume 1: action-packed, fast-paced, and funny, with teen superheroes who still feel like real teens.

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First Line: “Where is my CHILD?!”

76. Runaways, Vol. 3: The Good Die Young by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung (2004)
Runaways, Volume 3

Length: 144 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Superhero Science Fiction

Started / Finished: 02 July 2010

Summary: By decoding the book that they stole from their parents, our gang of misfit teen superheroes have uncovered their parents’ plans for taking over the world… and they’ve also figured out a way to stop them! However, there parents have discovered the location of their hideout, and there’s a traitor in their midst that might make things difficult for them. On the plus side, this last point is a condition they share with the parents, what with trust and loyalty being in somewhat short supply amongst a gang of supervillains.

Review: My gut reaction to this volume was something along the lines of: “Oh. Well, now.” The breakneck speed, kick-butt action, ample humor, and vibrant artwork that populated the first two volumes are all here, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s just that the plot reaches a point in this volume that I wasn’t expecting to get to for at least another two or three installments, and the fact that it got to that point so soon left me a little wrong-footed. I’m well-enough versed in the narrative structure of comics that I’m not going to call it a resolution, but it is a major turning point for the plot of the series, and I am really unsure where the story is going to go from here. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: As I said, I don’t have the faintest idea where the story’s going next, but I’m enjoying the series as a whole enough that I’m eager to find out!

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First Line: “Lame!”

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2010 6:50 pm

    I kinda love it when comics/TV shows go ahead and bring about the apocalypse/resolution of sexual tension/major confrontation with the supervillains, only a few episodes in. I’m so excited to read this series – I’ll go into the third volume forewarned that major plot developments will occur.

    • July 12, 2010 9:41 am

      Jenny – I can’t think of a lot of other examples where what seemed like the major story arc is resolved so early on, but it’s also early and I haven’t had any caffeine yet.

  2. July 9, 2010 7:49 pm

    I’ve read up through the third volume and was enjoying the fact that the super-villain parents were–well–parents.

    • July 12, 2010 9:42 am

      L – Me too! I like that the parents are parents, and the teenagers are obnoxious teenagers, even with the superpowers layered on top.

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